5 things you should read this week: Remembering Players, Springdale Farm back at City Hall

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Randy Bishop, left, and Coby Ramirez have lunch at Players on Friday. Photo by Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman.

In yesterday’s food section, my colleague Nancy Flores talked to three Latinos about how food has helped shape their cultural identity as part of our ongoing Growing Austin series.

A year to the day after the Austin City Council passed the revised urban farm code, Springdale Farm is back requesting a conditional use permit that would allow them to host more than six events a year on the commercially zoned property.

Randy Bishop, left, and Coby Ramirez have lunch at Players on Friday. Photo by Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman.

Randy Bishop, left, and Coby Ramirez have lunch at Players on Friday. Photo by Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman.

Players, the beloved hamburger restaurant on the southern end of the University of Texas campus, will close on Monday. In a story in today’s features section, Rachel Ross Thompson talks with longtime customers about their favorite memories of the 33-year-old establishment.

Several friends emailed me this story from Serious Eats about 7 myths about cast iron skillets that need to go away. If they thought it was indispensable knowledge, you probably will, too.

Only tangentially about food, this New Yorker story from back in May about author Sarah Payne Stuart’s stint in the Ladies Four O’Clock Club in Concord, Massachusetts, captivated me on a recent flight. I’m not sure about you, but it would take me five years to read even a single year’s worth of that magazine, but it’s precisely because of well-crafted, heartfelt stories like that one that I hold on to old issues and read them at my leisure.


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